One rule of thumb is to plant trees a distance equal to at least two-thirds of their mature height from any structure.
Trees can affect the microclimate of your home in a variety of ways. Deciduous trees shade summer sun and let in winter sun, so they work best on the south side of your landscapes. Evergreen trees work well on the north side because they block severe winter winds, but they can create hazardous icy areas when planted on the south side of roads, sidewalks and driveways.
It's a good idea not to plant trees in the lawn, because trees usually need infrequent but regular watering. Lawns, on the other hand, typically need frequent waterings. Planting trees in a bed or providing a grass-free area around them protects them from lawn-mower damage.
Many fruiting trees are often used because of their beautiful, spring blossoms. But remember, fruit will replace blossoms, and may create a mess and be difficult to walk on.
Trees can be used to frame your home creating a picture in the landscape. You can maintain views under the canopy of trees and frame a view of your property.
Keep trees away from power lines and other utility easements so that after investing five or more years in tree maintenance, a utility company won't come along and disfigure or cut down a much-loved tree.
Adapted from an article
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